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Level Up Human

Simon Watt and Rachel Wheeley

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Level Up Human
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Level Up Human

Simon Watt and Rachel Wheeley

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Academics and comedians redesign the human body with science, tech and ideas from nature. Combining gene splicing and trans-humanism, medical advancement, surgical enhancement, whimsy and wonder, Level Up Human takes a long hard look at the human race and tries to figure out how to make it better. A podcast by Simon Watt and Rachel Wheeley.

Latest Episodes

Level Up Human Series 2 trailer

Simon breaks exciting news about the brand new series of Level Up Human - hitting your podcast device next Wednesday October 23rd. We've been recording episodes as part of our residency at the Barbican and you can join us at two more recordings happening on October 28th and November 7th. https://www.barbican.org.uk/whats-on/2019/event/level-up-human This series of Level Up Human is supported by the Physiological Society. Specials for the Endocrinology Society and the Biochemical Society are coming up soon. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

40 s6 d ago
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Level Up Human Series 2 trailer

LUH Extra 13 - Lab Grown Meat

Rach and Simon dive into lab grown meat. Would you eat it, what are the pros and cons and as always, is this the beginning of the end of civilisation? Our theme music was written and performed by Laurence Owen. Graphics by Theo Weedon, web design by Ian Bridgeman, support from the Wellcome Trust. The producer is Rachel Wheeley. More information about the series is at www.leveluphuman.com and you can support us at www.patreon.com/leveluphuman For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

21 MIN2018 MAR 22
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LUH Extra 13 - Lab Grown Meat

LUH Extra 12 - Gene Drives

Simon and Rach take a deep dive into gene drives this week, examining the work being done to make island conservation less lethal to the inhabitants it is supposed to be protecting. We consider how CRISPR technology might be able to help with this, how it works and what the unintended consequences of using it might be. Our theme music was written and performed by Laurence Owen. Graphics by Theo Weedon, web design by Ian Bridgeman, support from the Wellcome Trust. The producer is Rachel Wheeley. More information about the series is at www.leveluphuman.com and you can support us at www.patreon.com/leveluphuman For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

22 MIN2018 MAR 8
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LUH Extra 12 - Gene Drives

LUH Extra 11 - 3D Printing and Generative Design

Simon and Rachel are bickering again, this time about 3D printing. Is it old news, or are recent developments in generative design enough to make it fascinating? Simon thinks it's a toy, no more likely to catch on than Betamax, Rach thinks it's the future of everything. Who is right? We will have to wait and see. Our theme music was written and performed by Laurence Owen. Graphics by Theo Weedon, web design by Ian Bridgeman, support from the Wellcome Trust. The producer is Rachel Wheeley. More information about the series is at www.leveluphuman.com and you can support us at www.patreon.com/leveluphuman For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

27 MIN2018 FEB 22
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LUH Extra 11 - 3D Printing and Generative Design

LUH Extra 10 - Giant Rockets

Producer Rachel and Simon discuss Elon Musk's Falcon Heavy launch, what it means for the future of space travel and whether putting a Tesla onboard was the greatest PR stunt of all time. In this episode we chat with David McKeown, a real rocket scientist. He explains how the two side booster rockets landed, and what the launch means for the Irish space programme. Our theme music was written and performed by Laurence Owen. Graphics by Theo Weedon, web design by Ian Bridgeman, support from the Wellcome Trust. The producer is Rachel Wheeley. More information about the series is at www.leveluphuman.com and you can support us at www.patreon.com/leveluphuman For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

25 MIN2018 FEB 10
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LUH Extra 10 - Giant Rockets

LUH Extra 9 - Flying Cars

Simon Watt and Rachel Wheeley rifle through the science pages in search of stories about the future of humanity. This week we are excited about flying cars, considering what information the apocalypse survivors will need and considering a way to mobilise the body's immune system to fight cancer. Our theme music was written and performed by Laurence Owen. Graphics by Theo Weedon, web design by Ian Bridgeman, support from the Wellcome Trust. The producer is Rachel Wheeley. More information about the series is at www.leveluphuman.com and you can support us at www.patreon.com/leveluphuman For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

28 MIN2018 JAN 25
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LUH Extra 9 - Flying Cars

LUH Extra 8 - Womb Tanks

Happy New Year! Rach and Simon are fisking the science pages once again in search of human enhancement stories. This week they tackle all the most futuristic predictions that came true in 2017. The march of Artificial Intelligence, back-flipping cyborg soldiers and Simon has received the coolest Christmas present of all time. Our theme music was written and performed by Laurence Owen. Graphics by Theo Weedon, web design by Ian Bridgeman, support from the Wellcome Trust. The producer is Rachel Wheeley. For more information, go to www.leveluphuman.com. Support the project via www.patreon.com/leveluphuman For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

30 MIN2018 JAN 10
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LUH Extra 8 - Womb Tanks

LUH Extra 7 - Sex Robots

Simon and Rach finally tackle the big one: sex robots. We discuss what is driving the fastest development in AI, when a robot will join a company's board of directors, Rach has a fact and Simon explains why we should cuddle more. Our theme music was written and performed by Laurence Owen. Graphics by Theo Weedon, web design by Ian Bridgeman, support from the Wellcome Trust. The producer is Rachel Wheeley. For more information, go to www.leveluphuman.com. Support the project via www.patreon.com/leveluphuman For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

29 MIN2017 DEC 27
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LUH Extra 7 - Sex Robots

LUH Extra 6 - Bio-hacking

Rach and Simon siphon the science news in search for human enhancement stories. This week, why Simon is a harbinger of doom, how to kidnap the Queen and why living in cities might not be such a good idea after all. Our theme music was written and performed by Laurence Owen. Graphics by Theo Weedon, web design by Ian Bridgeman, support from the Wellcome Trust. The producer is Rachel Wheeley. For more information, go to www.leveluphuman.com For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

26 MIN2017 DEC 20
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LUH Extra 6 - Bio-hacking

Episode 43 - Super Smell

Neil Delamere joins Simon Watt to determine the future of the human body. Our experts here at the Cork Science Festival are biochemist Julie O'Sullivan and marine ecologist Ash Bennison. In this episode we find out how we could listen to the bacteria on our bodies, why acne is evolutionarily useful and how seabirds 'see' the ocean using an odourscape. Our theme music was written and performed by Laurence Owen. Graphics by Theo Weedon, web design by Ian Bridgeman, support from the Wellcome Trust. The producer is Rachel Wheeley. For more information, go to www.leveluphuman.com For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

32 MIN2017 DEC 13
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Episode 43 - Super Smell

Latest Episodes

Level Up Human Series 2 trailer

Simon breaks exciting news about the brand new series of Level Up Human - hitting your podcast device next Wednesday October 23rd. We've been recording episodes as part of our residency at the Barbican and you can join us at two more recordings happening on October 28th and November 7th. https://www.barbican.org.uk/whats-on/2019/event/level-up-human This series of Level Up Human is supported by the Physiological Society. Specials for the Endocrinology Society and the Biochemical Society are coming up soon. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

40 s6 d ago
Comments
Level Up Human Series 2 trailer

LUH Extra 13 - Lab Grown Meat

Rach and Simon dive into lab grown meat. Would you eat it, what are the pros and cons and as always, is this the beginning of the end of civilisation? Our theme music was written and performed by Laurence Owen. Graphics by Theo Weedon, web design by Ian Bridgeman, support from the Wellcome Trust. The producer is Rachel Wheeley. More information about the series is at www.leveluphuman.com and you can support us at www.patreon.com/leveluphuman For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

21 MIN2018 MAR 22
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LUH Extra 13 - Lab Grown Meat

LUH Extra 12 - Gene Drives

Simon and Rach take a deep dive into gene drives this week, examining the work being done to make island conservation less lethal to the inhabitants it is supposed to be protecting. We consider how CRISPR technology might be able to help with this, how it works and what the unintended consequences of using it might be. Our theme music was written and performed by Laurence Owen. Graphics by Theo Weedon, web design by Ian Bridgeman, support from the Wellcome Trust. The producer is Rachel Wheeley. More information about the series is at www.leveluphuman.com and you can support us at www.patreon.com/leveluphuman For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

22 MIN2018 MAR 8
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LUH Extra 12 - Gene Drives

LUH Extra 11 - 3D Printing and Generative Design

Simon and Rachel are bickering again, this time about 3D printing. Is it old news, or are recent developments in generative design enough to make it fascinating? Simon thinks it's a toy, no more likely to catch on than Betamax, Rach thinks it's the future of everything. Who is right? We will have to wait and see. Our theme music was written and performed by Laurence Owen. Graphics by Theo Weedon, web design by Ian Bridgeman, support from the Wellcome Trust. The producer is Rachel Wheeley. More information about the series is at www.leveluphuman.com and you can support us at www.patreon.com/leveluphuman For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

27 MIN2018 FEB 22
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LUH Extra 11 - 3D Printing and Generative Design

LUH Extra 10 - Giant Rockets

Producer Rachel and Simon discuss Elon Musk's Falcon Heavy launch, what it means for the future of space travel and whether putting a Tesla onboard was the greatest PR stunt of all time. In this episode we chat with David McKeown, a real rocket scientist. He explains how the two side booster rockets landed, and what the launch means for the Irish space programme. Our theme music was written and performed by Laurence Owen. Graphics by Theo Weedon, web design by Ian Bridgeman, support from the Wellcome Trust. The producer is Rachel Wheeley. More information about the series is at www.leveluphuman.com and you can support us at www.patreon.com/leveluphuman For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

25 MIN2018 FEB 10
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LUH Extra 10 - Giant Rockets

LUH Extra 9 - Flying Cars

Simon Watt and Rachel Wheeley rifle through the science pages in search of stories about the future of humanity. This week we are excited about flying cars, considering what information the apocalypse survivors will need and considering a way to mobilise the body's immune system to fight cancer. Our theme music was written and performed by Laurence Owen. Graphics by Theo Weedon, web design by Ian Bridgeman, support from the Wellcome Trust. The producer is Rachel Wheeley. More information about the series is at www.leveluphuman.com and you can support us at www.patreon.com/leveluphuman For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

28 MIN2018 JAN 25
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LUH Extra 9 - Flying Cars

LUH Extra 8 - Womb Tanks

Happy New Year! Rach and Simon are fisking the science pages once again in search of human enhancement stories. This week they tackle all the most futuristic predictions that came true in 2017. The march of Artificial Intelligence, back-flipping cyborg soldiers and Simon has received the coolest Christmas present of all time. Our theme music was written and performed by Laurence Owen. Graphics by Theo Weedon, web design by Ian Bridgeman, support from the Wellcome Trust. The producer is Rachel Wheeley. For more information, go to www.leveluphuman.com. Support the project via www.patreon.com/leveluphuman For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

30 MIN2018 JAN 10
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LUH Extra 8 - Womb Tanks

LUH Extra 7 - Sex Robots

Simon and Rach finally tackle the big one: sex robots. We discuss what is driving the fastest development in AI, when a robot will join a company's board of directors, Rach has a fact and Simon explains why we should cuddle more. Our theme music was written and performed by Laurence Owen. Graphics by Theo Weedon, web design by Ian Bridgeman, support from the Wellcome Trust. The producer is Rachel Wheeley. For more information, go to www.leveluphuman.com. Support the project via www.patreon.com/leveluphuman For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

29 MIN2017 DEC 27
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LUH Extra 7 - Sex Robots

LUH Extra 6 - Bio-hacking

Rach and Simon siphon the science news in search for human enhancement stories. This week, why Simon is a harbinger of doom, how to kidnap the Queen and why living in cities might not be such a good idea after all. Our theme music was written and performed by Laurence Owen. Graphics by Theo Weedon, web design by Ian Bridgeman, support from the Wellcome Trust. The producer is Rachel Wheeley. For more information, go to www.leveluphuman.com For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

26 MIN2017 DEC 20
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LUH Extra 6 - Bio-hacking

Episode 43 - Super Smell

Neil Delamere joins Simon Watt to determine the future of the human body. Our experts here at the Cork Science Festival are biochemist Julie O'Sullivan and marine ecologist Ash Bennison. In this episode we find out how we could listen to the bacteria on our bodies, why acne is evolutionarily useful and how seabirds 'see' the ocean using an odourscape. Our theme music was written and performed by Laurence Owen. Graphics by Theo Weedon, web design by Ian Bridgeman, support from the Wellcome Trust. The producer is Rachel Wheeley. For more information, go to www.leveluphuman.com For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

32 MIN2017 DEC 13
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Episode 43 - Super Smell